November 11, 2005

Panasas at the SC|05 Show

Cheryl. Hall writes "Panasas To Demonstrate Success In Bridging The Clustered Storage Needs Of The Scientific And Commercial HPC Communities At SC|05

· Customers To Present Real-World Benefits of Panasas Storage Cluster At Booth #1006
· CTO Garth Gibson To Deliver Masterworks Presentation
· Newest Additions To Panasas ActiveScale Storage Cluster On Display

FREMONT, Calif. and SEATTLE (November 10, 2005) — At this year’s international conference on high-performance computing, networking and storage, SC|05, Panasas, Inc. will demonstrate the company’s continued success in bridging the clustered storage needs of the scientific and commercial high-performance computing (HPC) markets. Show attendees visiting Panasas at booth #1006 or attending one of several Masterworks presentations will learn about the results achieved with Panasas’ clustered storage. Visitors will also receive details about the newest additions to the Panasas ActiveScale™ Storage Cluster designed to meet the diverse needs of both scientific and commercial HPC customers. The SC|05 show will be held at the Washington State Trade and Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, November 12-18, 2005.
“The Linux cluster revolution is expanding supercomputing beyond the scientific markets into mainstream commercial applications, and with this expansion comes the need to bridge the unique IT requirements of both the scientific and commercial communities,” said Victor Perez, president and chief executive officer at Panasas. “Panasas is providing this bridge for high-performance clustered storage through a solution that increases performance while driving out the cost and complexity of upgrading to a next-generation storage infrastructure. This helps customers achieve an immediate return on investment from their Linux clusters.”
Panasas Everywhere at SC|05
Linux clusters powered by Panasas are used by customers in a growing number of mainstream applications that touch every aspect of life, from helping accelerate the development of life-saving drugs, to meeting global demands for oil and gas, to enabling the next wave of fully animated feature films. Panasas is setting the industry standard for high-performance clustered storage by helping customers more quickly achieve their objectives and successfully compete in global markets. The power of Panasas will be on display throughout the week at SC|05 at several locations and venues.
Object-Storage Masterworks Presentation – On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 from 3:30 -4:15 p.m., Garth Gibson, co-founder and CTO for Panasas, will deliver a Masterworks session titled “Object Storage Architecture for Scalable File Systems.” Gibson will review the principles of RAID and object storage and discuss how Panasas combines RAID and object storage into a new breed of storage virtualization and clustering, enabling advances in highly scalable, high performance and high availability to meet the scaling demands of cluster applications.
Masterworks Presentations By Panasas Customers – On Thursday November 17, 2005 from 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., representatives from Walt Disney Feature Animation will discuss their history of using high-end computing technology such as object-storage and the 57th site on the Top500 Supercomputer Sites list (11/2004) in making films. On the same day from 2:15 - 3:00 p.m., Panasas customer LSU will be presenting details of how HPC modeling was used in emergency response to Hurricane Katrina and outline sophisticated approaches under development to forecast such catastrophic events in the future.
Panasas Booth #1006 – Customers, partners and Panasas executives will deliver sessions nearly every hour. Customer presentations will be delivered by LSU, Los Alamos National Labs and Walt Disney Feature Animation, and partner presentations by AMD, Fluent, Force10 Networks, Intel, and Verari Systems. Show attendees can also learn more about Panasas’ next generation of hardware and software to be announced at the show. The new releases will further provide customers with the maximum return on investment through increased Linux cluster performance, increased management efficiency, improved business continuity and seamless integration into heterogeneous server environments.
Object-Storage Tutorial – On Monday, November 14, 2005 from 1:30 - 5:00 p.m., David Nagle and Brent Welch of Panasas will host a tutorial on object-based cluster storage systems. This tutorial will present the fundamentals of object-based storage including the underlying architectural principals and how various products have adapted those principals into their product designs.

About SC|05
SC|05, the premier international conference on high performance computing, networking and storage, will convene November 12-18, 2005 in Seattle. Under the theme, "Gateway to Discovery," SC|05 will showcase how high performance computing, networking, storage and analytics lead to advances in research, education and commerce. Exciting technical and education programs, workshops, tutorials, an expanded exhibit area, demonstrations and many other activities await attendees. SC|05 is the one place that attendees can see tomorrow's technology being used to solve world-class challenge problems. SC|05 is sponsored by ACM and IEEE.

About Panasas
Panasas, Inc. helps companies accelerate the speed and accuracy of their business decisions, leading to real world breakthroughs that improve people’s lives. Panasas enables customers to maximize the benefits of Linux clusters by breaking down the storage bottleneck created by legacy network storage technologies. Through the delivery of the company’s Storage Cluster Platform, which combines industry-standard hardware with the company’s ActiveScale File System and professional services, the company has become the established leader in object-based, clustered storage. Panasas’ headquarters are in Fremont, CA with development facilities in Pittsburgh, PA and Houston, TX. For more information, please visit www.panasas.com.

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